Norway are the second most successful side in the history of the European Championships, and the only nation other than Germany to have won multiple titles.

They head into Euro 2022 buoyed by the return of Ada Hegerberg, with the Lyon striker joining an already impressive ensemble cast of world class talent and rising stars.

Here’s everything you need to know about Norway ahead of Euro 2022.

Norway topped their qualifying group ahead of Northern Ireland, Wales, Belarus and the Faroe Islands to reach the Euros. They finished four points clear of second place Northern Ireland despite playing two games fewer, after their final pair of fixtures against Belarus and the Faroe Islands were cancelled and never rescheduled due to Covid-19.

Norway qualified with a perfect record, winning six from six, scoring 34 goals and conceding just once – during their 7-1 thumping of Belarus.

Norway have a proud history at the Euros, winning the tournament twice and finishing as runners up on a further four occasions. They suffered a disappointing group stage exit at Euro 2017 – the first time they have lost all of their matches at any single European Championship.

Euro 1984: Did not qualify
Euro 1987: Champions
Euro 1989: Runners-up
Euro 1991: Runners-up
Euro 1993: Winners
Euro 1995: Semi-finals
Euro 1997: Group stages
Euro 2001: Semi-finals
Euro 2005: Runners-up
Euro 2009: Semi-finals
Euro 2013: Runners-up
Euro 2017: Group stage

Norway enjoyed similar success on the world stage during the country’s purple patch in the 1990s, reaching the first official World Cup final, before then being crowned world champions in 1995.

1991 World Cup: Runners-up
1995 World Cup: Winners
1999 World Cup: Fourth place
2003 World Cup: Quarter-finals
2007 World Cup: Fourth place
2011 World Cup: Group stage
2015 World Cup: Round of 16
2019 World Cup: Quarter-finals

Norway’s Euro 2022 chances received a boost in March, when Ada Hegerberg announced she would be returning to the national team after a five-year absence in protest of the unequal support the women’s setup had received.

Norway welcome back a forward of world class quality; the inaugural winner of the Ballon d’Or Feminin, the Champions League’s all-time top scorer, and fresh from turning in a stunning individual performance as Lyon wrestled back their European title last term. Hegerberg’s movement in the box and decision making in the final third is sublime – and goes a long way to explaining her 42 goals in just 69 appearances for her country.

Hegerberg will be provided with world class attacking support via Guro Reiten and Caroline Graham Hansen – but Arsenal’s Frida Maanum is one to watch. The midfielder will celebrate her 23rd birthday during the championships, but has already amassed a half century of caps for her country, and will be appearing at her third major tournament. Composed, athletic and with a long-range stunner in her locker, Maanum could really shine this summer.

Norway have been managed by Martin Sjogren since December 2016. The 45-year-old took the job following four years at Linkopings in his native Sweden, where he won the 2016 Damallsvenskan title.

During his time with Linkopings, Sjogren coached some of the finest talent in Scandinavian football, including Pernille Harder, Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir, Magdalena Eriksson, Jonna Andersson and Fridolina Rolfo. Euro 2022 marks Sjogren’s third major tournament in charge of Norway, with a quarter-final exit at the 2019 World Cup the best finish of his tenure.

Two of the all-time high European Championship attendance records have both been fixtures that have involved Norway; the opening match of Euro 2017 between against Netherlands attracted a crowd of 21,731 – an all-time attendance record for a women’s Euros group stage game – while the 41,301 fans who attended the 2013 final against Germany remains an all-time record for a women’s European Championship match.

Date & time: Thursday 7 July, 20:00 (BST)
Venue: St Mary’s
How to watch on TV: BBC One (UK)

Date & time: Monday 11 July, 20:00 (BST)
Venue: Amex Stadium
How to watch on TV: BBC One (UK)

Date & time: Friday 15 July, 20:00 (BST)
Venue: Amex Stadium
How to watch on TV: BBC Three (UK)

Norway will be expected to be vying for top spot in Group A alongside hosts England. Top the group and they will face the runner up from Group B, and finish second and they face the Group B winner. Germany and Spain will be expected to qualify from Group B and would likely be Norway’s quarter final opponent either way, although Denmark could also be in the mix.

Should Norway top their group and progress to the quarter-finals, the winner of Group C – presumably be either Olympic silver medalists Sweden or reigning European champions the Netherlands – will likely await in the semi-finals.

Finish second and the Group C runner up – still likely Sweden or the Netherlands – or Group D winner – likely France – would be their semi-final opponent.

Goalkeepers: Guro Pettersen (Valerenga), Sunniva Skoglund (Stabak), Aurora Mikalsen (Brann).

Defenders: Tuva Hansen (Brann), Maren Mjelde (Chelsea), Anja Senstevold (Inter), Julie Blakstad (Man City), Maria Thorisdottir (Man Utd), Synne Skinnes Hansen (Rosenborg), Guro Bergsvand (Brann).

Midfielders: Vilde Boe Risa (Man Utd), Amalie Eikeland (Reading), Ingrid Syrstad Engen (Barcelona), Frida Maanum (Arsenal), Lisa Naalsund (Brann), Elisabeth Terland (Brann), Guro Reiten (Chelsea).

Forwards: Anna Langas Jesendal (Rosenborg), Karina Sævik (Avaldsnes), Sophie Roman Haug (Roma), Celin Bizet Ildhusoy (PSG), Caroline Graham Hansen (Barcelona), Ada Hegerberg (Lyon).

Norway have some squad on their hands at Euro 2022, and are many people’s dark horses for the title. However, the draw has not fallen in their favour, with a tough group then followed by a member of the group of death awaiting in the quarter-finals. As such, it could quickly end there.

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